Nigerian musician, Faze, has admitted that Ghanaian artistes are very good but they have to put more English in their songs to be able to sell on the international market.
Faze known in real life as Chibuzor Orji is a well-known Nigerian artiste in both Nigerian and African music.
From his humble beginnings with the Plantashun Boyz, a very successful Nigerian hip-hop band whose members were; himself, Faze; Ahmedu Augustine Obiabo (popularly known as Blackface) and Innocent Ujah Idibia (best known as 2face Idibia), the group parted ways on mutual grounds after releasing two albums, Body and Soul (2000) and Sold Out (2003). They later released Plan B (2007) (as a reunion album after split)
Faze has grown from strength to strength and has released three albums; ‘Faze Alone’ (2004), ‘Independent’ (2206), and Originality (2008) basking in Channel O Awards, Hip-Hop World Awards, AMEN Awards, Soundcity Awards and Nigeria Entertainment Awards amongst others.
He is very synonymous in Ghana with popular hits like ‘Kolomental’ and ‘Faze Alone’ from his debut album.
Over the past years, it has been the worry of the Ghanaian entertainment industry over the influcts and the total takeover of Nigerian movies and music.
Faze in an interview with Myjoyonline.com revealed that the trend has been necessitated by the fact that, Nigerian musicians use a lot of English in their songs making it understandable to the international community.
He admitted that Ghanaian artistes are very good but they have to put more English in their songs to be able to penetrate the international market as they are doing currently.
“Ghanaians are doing a very good job. They have got good tunes. They have to fuse a little of English aspect in them. A little of your language and more of the English, because we want to expand that is why we get nominated and get more awards outside,” he said.
Faze encouraged the use of culture and traditions in music production, advising that music fans should be able understand the message being given them. “It’s good to respect your culture but put a little of your culture and more of the international so that you can have your crowd (fans) know what is happening in your culture.”
Amongst his collaborations in Ghana, Faze has worked with Tinny, VIP and Samini.
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